Tests without tears: preparing your child for a visit to the laboratory

It is important to be honest with your child, describing exactly what will be happening.

For most children, a one-day notice of blood work is adequate. Too much time to worry can increase their anxiety.

Please remember that for many children, needles are frightening. It is important that children don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about how they feel.

Before testing, Children’s staff will explain the procedure and try to help reduce fears your child might have. It is hard to predict how your child might react to the procedure – every child reacts differently.

Looking for more information on a test of procedure? See our Laboratory Test Directory.

Find a wealth of tips and fact sheets in our family resource center.



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